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Senate approves warrantless phone tapping until 2017

Senate approves warrantless phone tapping until 2017

The US Senate has voted 73-23 to approve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act, which will authorize phone surveillance of Americans without a warrant for counter-terrorism purposes for the next five years. The bill extends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, which granted immunity for wiretaps and email monitoring under the Bush Administration.

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Zynga applies for Nevada gambling license to bring real-money gambling online

Zynga applies for Nevada gambling license to bring real-money gambling online

Back in July, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus announced that the company was pursuing a gambling license in Nevada that would see Zynga offering real-money gambling games online. The company made its first move yesterday by filing the initial application with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Previously, Zynga only allowed betting with virtual currency in games like Zynga Poker.

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Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Law enforcement representatives from both the state and local level have submitted a proposal to the US Congress that would require mobile carriers in the US to keep SMS logs for all users for at least two years, just in case they're eventually needed for future criminal investigations. The law enforcement reps say that the lack of a current requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations."

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Do not photograph your voting ballot today – it may be quite illegal

Do not photograph your voting ballot today – it may be quite illegal

If you're heading to the polls today or already have earlier this morning, it's important that you take the time to be proud of yourself - but not with your smartphone's camera. Laws across these United States prohibit photography in some locations and polling locations in some states will straight up confiscate your camera-toting device if you pull it out before or after voting. If you're unsure of your state's laws regarding photographic equipment, (including, yes, your iPhone), it's better to just skip it - or just take a photo of your "I Voted" sticker instead.

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Galaxy Nexus ban lifted in Samsung vs Apple case

Galaxy Nexus ban lifted in Samsung vs Apple case

If you thought the Apple vs Samsung court battles were over, you were wrong - evidenced once again today by another big ruling: an overturning of a preliminary sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. Of particular importance is this overturned ban from sales of the Galaxy Nexus because of its status with Google as one of their hero Nexus family phones, working with a "Vanilla" version of their Android software, not modified by the manufacturer, that is to say. Here the Apple vs Samsung court cases rage on beyond the one that appeared to be over for just a moment earlier this Summer.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs to discuss lawsuit ahead of deliberations

Apple and Samsung CEOs to discuss lawsuit ahead of deliberations

Apple and Samsung have both rested their cases in the trial relating to trade dress and patent claims, but the two companies will be discussing the case one more time to try and settle things before the jury is sent away to consider a verdict. Bloomberg reports that the CEOs of both companies, Tim Cook and Kwon Oh Hyun, will hold a telephone conference call to see if any resolution can be agreed upon.

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Google Patents search engine update nabs Prior Art Finder

Google Patents search engine update nabs Prior Art Finder

A brand new update has been released for Google Patents, a search engine specifically for users hoping to license their creations with the government without overlap. Users will now be able to utilize not only the archives included in Google Patents previous to today, but the European Patent Office has been integrated as well. This update also includes a brand new Prior Art Finder for those of you making it easy to find multiple sources for related content that existed at the time the patent you're looking at was filed.

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